Towering 315 over the Village, Chimney Rock Park, which was privately owned, recently became Chimney Rock State Park, one of the newest North Carolina state parks. With an elevation range from about 1,100 feet to 2,800 feet, the park ultimately will include over 5,000 acres
THE CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA
Another must see place when you visit North Carolina is its new state park, The Chimney Rock State Park.
The Chimney Rock State Park is located south of Asheville, the Village of Chimney Rock North Carolina and is sitting at the base of the famous Chimney Rock and along the Rocky Broad River. The Chimney Rock State Park is primarily catering to tourists who are visiting the Rock and nearby Lake Lure, the Village is a perfect stop over place for lunch or some souvenir shopping and, of course, a haven for photo enthusiast.
Chimney Rock Park is a must see place when you visit the North Carolina mountains. While I was in the park, I had forgotten all my concerns, while taking a deep breath of refreshing mountain air. My visit was also an opportunity to be with nature through the hiking trails and in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls.
For food lovers, a number of nice restaurants are also located right on the bold Rocky Broad River, which flows right through the Village on it’s way to nearby Lake Lure.
The Chimney Rock State Park is in the Hickory Nut Gorge, a natural gap through the southern Appalachian mountains that contains such unique natural features as the Chimney like Rock formation, falls, rare plants and animals. Chimney Rock Village, incorporated in 1991, is among just a few villages in North Carolina. Most buildings downtown, just outside Chimney Rock Park, date to the 1920s. The Village became a resort town around Chimney Rock Park, which began to be developed in 1902.
Towering 315 over the Village, Chimney Rock Park, which was privately owned, recently became Chimney Rock State Park, one of the newest North Carolina state parks. With an elevation range from about 1,100 feet to 2,800 feet, the park ultimately will include over 5,000 acres. The 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls is among the most dramatic waterfalls in Western North Carolina and for movie fans, parts of “The Last of the Mohicans” were filmed at the park.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS –COURTESY OF MY SISTER.